World Order is the summation of Henry Kissinger's thinking about history, strategy and statecraft. As if taking a perspective from far above the globe, it examines the great tectonic plates of history and the motivations of nations, explaining the attitudes that states and empires have taken to the rest of the world from the formation of Europe to our own times.
Kissinger identifies four great 'world orders' in history - the European, Islamic, Chinese and American. Islamic states have looked to their destined expansion over regions populated by unbelievers, a position exemplified today by Iran under the ayatollahs. For over 2,000 years, the Chinese have seen 'all under heaven' as being tributary to the Chinese Emperor. America views itself as a 'city on a hill', a beacon to the world, whose values have universal validity.
How have these attitudes evolved, and how have they shaped the histories of their nations, their regions, and the rest of the world? What has happened when they have come into contact with each other? How have they balanced legitimacy and power at different times? What is the condition of each in our contemporary world, and how are they shaping relations between states now?
To answer these questions, Henry Kissinger draws upon a lifetime's historical study and unmatched experience as a world statesman. His account is shot through with observations about how historical change takes place, how some leaders shape their times and others fail to do so, and how far states can stray from the ideas which define them.
World Order is a masterpiece of narrative, analysis and portraits of great historical actors that only Henry Kissinger could have written.
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By florin on 31-07-16
great reading... good voice ...great story, amazingly educative book. offcourse it presents everything from an idealistic point of view, but it gives one the opportunity to have a better understanding on how the world works and how the great military powers are playing it.
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By Amazon Customer on 13-04-18
Clear, efficient and interesting
Would you listen to World Order again? Why?
Absolutely, there is a lot to learn & gain from this novel.
What did you like best about this story?
The history is very comprehensive, incredibly detailed and provided a good narrative for connecting ideas
Which scene was your favorite?
I particularly enjoyed the segment focusing on China
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
I learnt a lot about the beginnings of Arabic politics & systems, which I wasn't expecting
By Valente on 11-09-16
Amazingly staged actual escenarios
It gives you an idea about how the actual world is formed viewing its story in the different developed orders. And it helps you to understand how can the future be achieved to obtain equilibrium